Elections, Referenda & Student Voice

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MSL Elections, Referenda & Student Voice

Run engaging, accessible, secure and robust online elections whichever voting system you use and type of vote you need to run including:

  • Sabbatical elections
  • Part-time officers
  • Course and academic reps
  • Student group committees
  • Decision making and preferences.

Learn nore about these topics:

Self-Definition & Nominations Voting Real-Time Stats The Count Safeguarding Course & Academic Reps

The service provided by MSL for the 2021 Students' Union Elections was fantastic. It made voting simple and accessible to many students who otherwise would not have cast a vote. A digital tool like this has great potential for increasing participation in democratic processes, something which is central to us here in UCC Students' Union and is clearly reflected in the significant increase in voter turnout we saw in this year's elections compared to previous years. - University College Cork Students' Union

Read the University College Cork Students' Union case study




Self-Definition & Nominations

It can be a completely online experience from nominations to the count but in-person voting is catered for with the MSL Polling Booth - great for visibility on campus and rounding up last-minute voters.

Candidates easily upload their details, photo, manifesto and proposers but nothing is published until your election administrator approves their submission.

Where candidates need to self-define in order to stand for a post that happens at the nomination stage. If the worse happens, it's easy to disqualify a candidate at any point. We help you avoid those situations by providing a prominent area in the election profile to display any self-definition requirements.

We've also built-in automated notifications to reduce manual tasks for your staff so candidates know when their submission has been confirmed, accepted or any changes are made. 



Online & in person Voting

Campaigning has concluded and now the voting opens. You can offer voters a number of options with MSL Elections & Referenda and each time a vote is cast through their account they will receive a notification to help tackle electoral fraud:

  • Online - create a dedicated area on your website and give voters the ability to cast their vote from any web-enabled device helps boost turnout. To support security and validity of those votes, MSL Elections & Referenda checks and validates voter ID and ensures multiple votes cannot be cast.
  • Polling booth - touchscreen voting makes it easy to promote elections around campus and gives voters a quick, convenient and secure method of participating.
  • StudentLink+® app - your own branded app includes voting so you're sure of reaching voters on their favourite devices wherever they are.



Real-Time Stats

Customisable live voting dashboards for your website are a great way for you to maintain voter engagement and encourage non-voter participation.

Choose the stats you want to show - by clubs, halls, course, year or any demographic available in your student data - and let the competition for most engaged segment of students boost turnout.



The Count

Conduct your count in private, in public, live stream it or have one of the MSL election experts run the count for you. Whichever you choose, the MSL counting procedure offers transparency at all stages. It deals with multiple RON candidates, adding/withdrawing candidates and, under STV, transferring surplus votes.

Once the count is complete the results can be published directly on your website and voting data exported for your records.



Safeguarding & Security

We take safeguarding very seriously and these features are all included to help you protect against electoral fraud:

  • Vote acknowledgement notification - each time a vote is cast through their account, the voter receives a notification
  • Polling Booth invigilation – staff check the student ID matches the student who wishes to vote before they do so
  • Check user access – ensure unauthorised users cannot access student IDs and accounts Password re-sets - for election admins to ensure no other users have access to administration areas
  • Secure admin permissions – the ability to lockdown rights to an election for specific users



Course & Academic Reps

After your rep elections, we've provided additional tools to help with the running of course and academic representation:

  • Find my rep pages for students to quickly access course rep and contact details
  • Forums for course, school or faculty members to connect and support each other
  • Messaging and polling tools for reps to reach the students they represent

Infographic of the MSL online elections journey from nominations to the count

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